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Sept. 16, 2010

At A Glance

Times Higher Education ranks UI one of top 200 universities in the world

The University of Iowa is one of the best universities in the world, according to the latest rankings published by Times Higher Education. The magazine recently presented its list of the top 200 universities, with the UI ranking 132nd.

Although this is the seventh year the rankings have been published, the 2010-11 World University Rankings represent a “year zero,” due to the implementation of a completely new methodology. With data supplied by Thomson Reuters, it places less importance on reputation and heritage than in previous years and gives more weight to hard measures of excellence in all three core elements of a university’s mission—-research, teaching and knowledge transfer. It is also the only global ranking system that includes a section dedicated to the teaching and learning environment —- including the first-ever global survey of institutions’ teaching reputation.

The United States fared well in the rankings; 72 U.S. institutions of higher education made the list, with Harvard University taking the number one spot.

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Hawkeye fans traveling to Arizona will find similar tailgate rules

Iowa football fans traveling to the game with the University of Arizona on Sept. 18 should be aware of alcohol and safety rules enforced for tailgating on university property near Arizona Stadium. Those rules include:

--Alcohol may be consumed only during the five-hour period prior to kick-off.
--No alcohol outside marked tailgating grounds or inside Arizona Stadium.
--Only beer and wine are allowed; no hard alcohol permitted.
--No kegs or common sources of alcohol, such as a beer bong.
--All tailgate areas must be cleared within one hour of the conclusion of the game.
--Persons who supply alcohol to underage drinkers may incur criminal and civil charges.

For complete rules related to tailgating, see

Rules for admittance to Arizona Stadium will also sound familiar. Sealed plastic water bottles are the only containers allowed in the stadium. No large bags, backpacks or parcels are permitted. All personal items, including small bags and handbags, are subject to search. Fans who bring food or beverage containers -— including ice chests, bottles, cans, canteens, or bags containing food -— will be asked to dispose of them at the gate or return them to their car.

A complete list of stadium rules is available at


UI Police to conduct moped safety campaign Sept. 17

The University of Iowa Police will offer a moped safety campaign from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at the Hillcrest Residence hall motorcycle parking area. Free moped flags will be provided by UI Police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

All UI students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the event. Officer Brad Allison will give out cards with safety tips and regulations for moped/motorized bicycle riders.

For more information, contact the UI Police at 319-335-5022.


North English boy, 5, is Kid Captain for Hawkeye game Sept. 18

Mason Allen, 5, son of Chad and Shelly Allen of North English, Iowa, will serve as honorary Kid Captain for the Iowa Hawkeyes' football game against University of Arizona Sept. 18 in Tucson.

In his short life, Mason has had 14 surgeries and countless medical procedures. Born with a heart disorder, he was transferred to University of Iowa Children's Hospital when he was less than 24 hours old. Because he wears a pacemaker that regulates his heart rate, Mason is unable to play sports, but he is a friendly, talkative guy who loves sports. More information and a video about Mason are available at

Now in its second year, the Kid Captain program is a partnership between UI Children's Hospital and the Iowa Hawkeyes to honor UI Children's Hospital patients and celebrate their inspirational stories.

All Kid Captains, including honorary away game captains, will have their individual stories told throughout the football season and receive a commemorative jersey.


Hawk Watch set for Sept. 18 at Macbride Nature Recreation Area

University of Iowa's Macbride Nature Recreation (MNRA) Area will host its annual Hawk Watch program Saturday, Sept. 18, when the public can view the fall migration of raptors, waterfowl and songbirds.

The Hawk Watch program is from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the MNRA, located between Solon and North Liberty on County Road F28. Activities include a hawk identification seminar at 9 a.m. and live raptor presentations at 10 a.m. and noon. Songbird banding will be conducted from 10 a.m. to noon.

From 9 a.m. to noon, Iowa City Bird Club members will host hawk watching on the ridge of Stainbrook State Preserve, next to the Sugar Bottom entrance. Please bring binoculars, blankets, lawn chairs and picnic lunches this event.

For more information, see and click on the "events" tab, or call 319-398-5495 or UI Recreational Services at 319-335-9293.


Night Games Sept. 18 features Iowa/Arizona game watch in CRWC pool

University of Iowa Residence Life and Recreational Services will present Night Games activities from at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, to 1 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC).

UI students can watch the Iowa/Arizona football game starting at 9:30 p.m. on a screen at the CRWC leisure pool and several other locations in the building.

This free late-night event for students will also feature dodge ball and knockout basketball tournaments in the multi-activity gym. The CRWC rock climbing wall will be open from 9 to 11 p.m. during Night Games.

Free food and drinks will be available. Health Iowa staff will be doing body fat, blood pressure and other tests.

The UI has sponsored Night Games for several years as a late night alternative, but this will be the first time it has been held in the new CRWC.

For more information, see, or contact Residence Life at 319-335-3700 or Recreational Services at 319-335-9293.


IWP Egyptian writer to present ‘Images of the Muslim World’ Sept. 21

Ghada Abdel Aal, an International Writing Program (IWP) participant from Egypt, will be featured on “Images of the Muslim World,” from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre. The event is free and open to the public.

Abdel Aal will discuss Egypt and her writing, read from her work and answer questions from the audience. She is a fiction writer and screenwriter whose novel “Aiza Atgawez” has been translated into several languages and adapted into a television series. The English translation, “I Want to Get Married!” is due out in October 2010.
“Images of the Muslim World” is a series of public discussions, lectures and film screenings illustrating the diversity of the Muslim world. It primarily focuses on aspects of culture, religion, society, geography, politics and history. Speakers include both local and visiting scholars and writers who give illustrated talks focusing on a particular region, country or topic within the Muslim world. Abdel Aal’s presentation will be the first of the 2010-11 series.

The UI Middle East and Muslim World Studies, African Studies Program and UI International Programs are sponsoring the event.  

For more information, contact Denise Filios at or 319-335-3451.


David and Gompper team up for Sept. 26 CNM concert

Composer and pianist David Gompper, director of the University of Iowa Center for New Music, will be joined by Viennese violinist Wolfgang David in a free recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the UI campus.

The program will be the Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment by Schoenberg, the premiere of UI alumnus David Maki's "Aamu," Gompper's "Star of the County Down," "And All is Always Now," by Bruce Adolphe, and Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major.

The fruitful Gompper/David collaboration began in 2000 when David toured in the U.S. In the beginning they only worked together as a composer and performer, which has so far inspired Gompper to compose 11 works. But in 2002 they were invited to perform together in Moscow. Encouraged by this success, they have continued to concertize together, performing approximately 100 events throughout the United States and Europe.

Maki, who earned a master's degree at the UI, is active in the Chicago area as a composer and pianist. His music has been performed by many ensembles, and recordings are available on the Albany Records label. He serves on the faculty of Northern Illinois University.


UI alumnus Stefaniak reads Sept. 27 in Prairie Lights

Iowa City fiction writer Mary Helen Stefaniak, an alumna of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her new novel, "The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia," at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in Prairie Lights, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be streamed live and archived on the UI's Writing University website,

Her new book, an Indie Next pick by independent booksellers, is the story of a Depression-era small town turned upside down by a worldly teacher. Narrator Gladys Cailiff is 11 years old in 1938 when a new, well-traveled young schoolteacher arrives in her small Georgia town.

Miss Grace Spivey believes in field trips, Arabian costumes and reading aloud from her 10-volume set of "The Thousand Nights and a Nights." The real trouble begins when she decides to revive the annual town festival as an exotic Baghdad bazaar.

Stefaniak's first novel, "The Turk and My Mother," received the 2005 John Gardner Fiction Book Award and was recognized by the Wisconsin Library Association for Outstanding Literary Achievement. It has been translated into several languages. She teaches at Creighton University.

Visit her website at


New UI Press book examines how performances represent human history

"Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography," edited by Charlotte Canning and Thomas Postlewait, will be available Oct. 1 from the acclaimed Studies in Theatre History and Culture Series from the University of Iowa Press.

The 15 essays in this volume focus on the foundational ideas that guide historians in their endeavors. Unified by their investigations into how best to understand and then represent the past, this diverse group of scholars in the field of theatre history and performance studies offers insights into the abiding issues that all historians face in the task of accurately representing human events and actions.

The essayists cover an expansive range of case studies and problems in the historical study of performance from the Americas to Africa and from Europe to India and China.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:


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